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Published: Thursday, July 26 2012 8:56 p.m. MDT

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Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

The only people concerned about Mitt Romney's religion are conservative evangelicals. They will hold their collective noses and vote for him anyway because they've been conditioned to fear Barack Obama more. Although they may consider Romney not to be a full-fledged Christian, they consider Obama to be a Muslim and anti-Christian even though he attends a Christian church much as does Romney.

Republican strategists have done an excellent job in vilifing Obama and making him into "the other." The "Anyone But Obama" message is so strong among the conservative core that they will gladly accept someone they otherwise can't stomach just so that Obama doesn't get re-elected.

Strange world!!

IMAN
Marlborough, MA

Mr. Romneys' religious preference should be the least of his worries. He's got his record as a governer that he will be very busy trying to defend.

HS Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

IMAN is spot on. He left office with an approval rating in the 30's and an abysmal economic record. He'll be the first candidate since McGovern not to carry his home state. But I guess he'll start telling people he actually considers Utah his home state just so thinks he won't carry that distinction. As his poll numbers continue to fall Republicans will want to consider a do over to this years primary.

wilson-kelly
Vale, OR

Romney's religion plays the biggest roll among the LDS. "He is a mormon! Vote for him!"
If you were to evaluate his 'conservative (?)' stand, you may want to rethink your vote. This takes NOTHING away from his accomplishments, just stating, if he were to win, you would be foolish to expect great changes. Another 4 years of Obama might be what it takes to wake the masses. Bankruptcy, non ending war, welfare state, devalued $ and the rest doesn't seem to have had much impact yet.
It shouldn't just be about the pres, one should consider their reps in the house and senate. Can you spell spineless? Where are the checks and balances?

RFLASH
Salt Lake City, UT

Think about all of the economic problems, now blamed on Obama, which were caused during the Bush administration. The worst hit before Obama even took office! Yet, everyone puts the blame on Obama and Republicans do nothing but make sure he fails. AS for Romney, it won't be the religion that causes him problems. It is his wealth and the way in which he has obtained it and used it. It isn't bad to be rich, but, come on, the avereage American shouldn't be concerned about the way things are headed? I think people will be looking more for someone that they can relate to.Mormons want him because he is one of them. The rest of the nation will be considering jobs, taxes and health care. What has any Republican done in those areas? Nothing! Tell me one great accomplishment of the Republican party besides their fight to make Obama fail. I don't think Romney has a chance in the end.

Dadof5sons
Montesano, WA

@Rflash,
News Flash When Obama ran for president He was one of two things. Either the most dumbest person on the face of the whole earth. Because any one with a IQ of 40 could have see the train that hit America/ Or The biggest con artist in the world. And lied to the American people like there nothing before. When He knew full well what the shape of the economy was when he ran He even said If I can not turn this economy around in three years then I am a one term president. He promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term Now our deficit is at 5.8 trillion and climbing? GWB May have started the train wreck But Obama has opened the throttle and caused more damage in three years then anything all the other presidents combined ever did.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

We could slash the deficit to half but republicans are crying about the military budget of 1 trillion dollars not being big enough. We spend more than the rest of the world combined - it's big enough.

awsomeron
Waianae, HI

I believe that Romney is a Mormon but I do not believe he is Mormon enough. However I will most likely Vote for him. Because of the almost anyone except Obama factor. Romeny's stand on Abortion is Weak and his actions a Gov of Mass, to stop Abortion extremely lacking at best.

In Hawaii Abortion is a Non-Issue, everyone that can win a race is Pro Choice, and they Range from the moderate to the vile. The least of all Evil still being Evil you do the best you can and ride it out. Obama is going to Win the State (3 meaningless electrol votes at the end of the day) but the Dem choice for the Senate is so Vile that we might get a very mod repub Senator who swars to be willing to cross the asile. This might happen Obama Coat Tales or Not. The Vile person has to win the primarary election. I am crossing lines to help see that this does not happen.

I do Not believe that Obama is a Muslim. Muslim do not Abort. I do believe he is an extreme Liberal and my objection is his stand on Abortion.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Virtually all Republicans share Mitt Romney's real religion and it has nothing to do with Mormonism or any other form of the current crop of aleged Christian churches.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

objections to Romney's Mormonism will be overshadowed by other problems like Bain Capital, overseas bank accounts, the "what is he hiding" issue on his taxes, but his Mormonism will be a 'dog whistle' type of objection, not spoken but a factor nonetheless.

nhsaint
PETERBOROUGH, NH

Interestingly, many of my atheist friends are died-in-the-wool Romney supporters. My evangelical friends are lukewarm Romney supporters. My LDS friends are largely Romney supporters, but there are maybe 20% who are not sure of him because of his policies regarding taxation (or lack thereof) of the wealthy.

I live in the Northeast, a notoriously anti-religion region of the U.S.. From my perspective, Romney's LDS foundation seems not to bother people. They are more concerned about his policies. He has never been one to pound the scriptures as a politician, but lives his religious beliefs out in his personal life in a way that seems comfortable for most people.

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